In this Preschool Prodigies music lesson, we focus on the difference between Low C and High c. It can be a little confusing that they are two different notes with the same color and name. In music, the distance between a note and the same note up or down the scale is 8 notes away so is called an Octave from the Latin root Oct; meaning Eight. Think of an octopus or octagon.
In Low C, High c, we learn that…
- Low C and High c are different notes, but both are Red and called C, or Do
- When you jump between the notes that are far apart it’s easy to hear the difference
High C, Low C Follow Up Activities
Remember the fun hand-held memory game Simon? Well High c and Low C can be made into similar kind of memory game very easily!
Choose someone to start the pattern with a High c or a Low C. Then the other person repeats the pattern BUT, they add one extra note each time.
Keep alternating turns until the pattern is too long to remember! This game can be played with any bells too and is fun because it works out our memory in addition to learning our music lessons.
You can make it even easier by just resetting the pattern each time, but then it becomes more of a call and response game than a memory game,
If you don’t have an instrument, you can use the hand signs to sing and sign along! The Low C hand sign is two fists at your waist and the High c hand sign is two fists above your head.
Really focus on the sound of low and high in this section, as we will move on to Left and Right in the next section.
You can also ask your child simple questions about what they learned in music this week. Some examples are…
1. Are High c and Low C the same note? (Ans: They have the same note name but produce two different sounds)
2. High c and Low C are both the same color, what is it?
In the next video, we will continue our work with Low C and High C by adding the terms LEFT and RIGHT. This will later blend into reading music and, of course, help with our directions.